100 Americans Making Constitutional History: A Biographical History presents 100 profiles of the key people behind some of the most important U.S. Supreme Court cases. Edited by Melvin I. Urofsky, a respected constitutional historian, each 2,000-word profile delves into the social and political context behind landmark Court decisions. For example, while a case like Brown v. Board of Education is about an important idea—the equal protection of the law—at its heart it is the story of a little girl, Linda Brown, who wanted to go to a decent school near her home. The outcome is accessible and objective “stories” about the individuals—heroes and scoundrels—who fought their way to constitutional history.
The Trial of a President
“You are Smart. Let's Keep this Between Ourselves.”
Clinton v. Jones
520 U.S. 681 (1997)
The town of Lonoke, Arkansas, with a population just now edging upward from 4,300, is close enough to the state capital city of Little Rock to be considered part of an expanding metropolis. Lonoke, however, thinks of itself as a crossroads; after all, its name comes from a “lone oak” that marked the way for overland pioneers. Today, the town's Chamber of Commerce still boasts of it as a junction, one that is well served by “an abundance” of trucking companies.
It is also the hometown of an American who now holds a lasting, if ambiguous, place in the nation's history—Paula Jones, born Paula Rosalee Corbin on September ...